outcry

[ noun out-krahy; verb, out-krahy ]
/ noun ˈaʊtˌkraɪ; verb, ˌaʊtˈkraɪ /

noun, plural out·cries.

a strong and usually public expression of protest, indignation, or the like.
a crying out.
loud clamor.
an auction.

verb (used with object), out·cried, out·cry·ing.

to outdo in crying; cry louder than.

Origin of outcry

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at out-, cry
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outcry


noun (ˈaʊtˌkraɪ) plural -cries

a widespread or vehement protest
clamour; uproar
commerce a method of trading in which dealers shout out bids and offers at a prearranged meetingsale by open outcry

verb (ˌaʊtˈkraɪ) -cries, -crying or -cried

(tr) to cry louder or make more noise than (someone or something)
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Word Origin and History for outcry

outcry


n.

mid-14c., "act of crying aloud," from out + cry (v.). In metaphoric sense of "public protest," first attested 1911 in George Bernard Shaw.

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